Steve Hunsberger turned to business ownership through franchising with The Cleaning Authority after his 20-year career in IT for the big banks in Manhattan. When his job was potentially being transferred cross-country, Hunsberger decided to investigate an alternative business route and stay in the Northeast. He selected The Cleaning Authority because of its excellent financial performance. Outside of work, Hunsberger is an avid table tennis player who has previously been ranked as a Top 50 player nationally. He also coaches sports that his 11 and 13-year-old kids are involved in locally and hopes to use The Cleaning Authority as a platform to sponsor local sports in the future.
1851 had a chance to catch up with Hunsberger and learn more about how he got involved with The Cleaning Authority and his thoughts on franchising.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
I worked in Manhattan for around 20 years in IT at some of the big banks. Last spring my job was relocated to Florida, so instead of uprooting my life, I decided to investigate local business options.
What was your first job ever?
When I was 12 or 13 years old I worked as a house painter with my uncles who were contractors.
Why did you choose to become a franchisee with The Cleaning Authority? How did you learn about the brand?
As a former banker, finances were one of the components that stuck out to me when selecting The Cleaning Authority. I thought the relatively low start-up cost was attractive as well as the high income potential.
What were your perceptions of franchising before starting the process?
In my opinion, there’s “good franchising” and “bad franchising” and I wanted to be involved with a company that makes me feel like the business is a partnership and wants me to succeed, which I feel The Cleaning Authority does.
Tell us about your family and any hobbies or activities you take part in within your local community.
I have two kids, my son Dean is 11 and my daughter Savera is 13. They attend West Windsor South and I help coach some of the sports they’re involved with locally. In my own athletic career, I used to play competitive table tennis and was a Top 50 ranked player in the US. I look forward to be a local sponsor of sports and activities through The Cleaning Authority. It is important to me to make a positive impact on my family and the community.